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What does a good private landlord look like?

By Zetetick landlord, Jay Patel

Written by Jay Patel, private landlord with Zetetick.
Jay Patel is a private landlord working with Zetetick in the Croydon area. He’s also a member of the Asian Resource Centre Croydon (ARCC).

Most private landlords try and provide well-maintained, good-quality homes for their tenants and as good landlords they are committed to acting in their tenants’ best interest.

“Over the years I have introduced other landlords to rent their properties to Zetetick and no one has come back disappointed with my introduction.”

When I first met Zetetick in 2018 they were genuinely looking to rent properties from private landlords to satisfy the increasing demand they have to house their tenants with learning disabilities and/or autism. As a Chairman of Asian Resource Centre Croydon (ARCC) – a charity organisation – I was immediately impressed with their mission, vision and values to empower their tenants by finding them quality homes, not just housing.

So, when I decided to invest in properties to rent, I did my due diligence research on how to avoid some of the issues listed below.  The first thing I decided was to manage my own relationship with the tenant. Building trust and respect is so important if the tenancy partnership is to work for years, as opposed to just a year or two, and without any of the issues below. By leasing with Zetetick I have not experienced any of these issues, which direct private rentals often experience.

If you have a property to let and are interested in partnering with us, please email [email protected].

What can go wrong for a private landlord?

  • Tenants may begin to neglect their tenancy contractual obligation
  • Rent does not get paid on time or in some cases not at all for a considerable period
  • The property is misused, damaged, and in need of repairs
  • The agent used by the private landlord is reluctant to get involved in the dispute
  • It is an expensive and lengthy process when legal action has to be initiated to get the tenant to vacate the property

The rental opportunity with Zetetick comes with – NO STRESS, guaranteed market rent paid on time every month, no agent fees to worry about and you receive supported maintenance.

Four of the Zetetick maintenance team stand together.
Our Maintenance & Support team are a talented crew able to do a multitude of repairs on top of gardening, painting, fitting, and more for our properties.

When I first decided I wanted to work with Zetetick I had a two-bedroom terraced house in Croydon to rent. I decided to rent it to Zetetick and now after 5 years, I am so happy with their support and the opportunity to build a strong relationship. Over the years I have introduced other landlords to rent their properties to Zetetick and no one has come back disappointed with my introduction.

I am also proud with Zetetick joining ARCC Business Forum membership and I am looking forward to promoting them through our business networking sessions.

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) – The perspective of a private landlord

It is extremely important that landlords are aware of the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 and the Directive and the requirements that must be met under the regulations.

A table with various props on it. A small model home, two light bulbs and an EPC rating card.
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) will tell you how energy-efficient your property is. It has a variety of purposes and uses.

For every rented property, private landlords have a legal responsibility to provide an EPC to the tenants. The Certificate must contain information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs, together with recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money. To obtain the EPC, the landlord has to appoint an accredited assessor.

An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years.

Proposals to improve the energy efficiency of homes in the rental sector were made following a consultation. Although initial changes to minimum energy efficiency standards are no longer planned, the government will continue to encourage households to upgrade wherever they can.

An EPC on one of my rented properties had expired recently and I am extremely pleased with Zetetick, who kindly commissioned a new assessment to be carried out at their expense. I am looking forward to working with ZHC and using their support services to improve the energy efficiency of my rented properties.

If you have a property to let and are interested in partnering with us, please email [email protected].

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Jay Patel is a private landlord who leases property for Zetetick in Croydon.
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